A game of two styles.
Aylesbury RFC III 26 – 29 Readingensians RFC V
The conditions were perfect for running rugby on Saturday at Ostler’s field. Aylesbury III’s were happy to oblige with some impressive rugby, but unfortunately the opposition had an opposing style that prevailed over the full eighty minutes.
Readingensians had one game plan, old school mauling and rucking, keep in in the forwards as much as possible. In contrast Aylesbury’s game was open and expansive game.
The first half started well for Readingensians with a score in the first ten minutes of play. The forwards driving over for a score. Aylesbury responded with some good handling and running. Matt Dennis scoring his first try on his senior debut. The Aylesbury backs looked threatening with the ball in hand Ollie Reilly back after a while was enjoying playing at centre. Scrum half Sam Richardson was distributing well and Jordan Stanmore, usually a flanker, was commanding at fly half, his first game back in Aylesbury upon returning from Australia.
Matt Dennis was keen to impress and scored a superb chip and chase try. Stanmore also ran trough some poor tackling to score under the posts. Wingers Tom Devey and Ben Seagrave played well. Aylesbury were missing some key forwards, a hooker and without the usual line out options of Ali McKenzie, injured for the rest of the season and Gareth Elford unavailable. Line outs were challenging. Kiaren Hunter did well as jumper, after playing the previous few games in the backs. Thirty minutes in, Timo Brown was substituted and Dayle Collings came on in the Front row, Joe Byrne moved to Hooker. Half time score 19-17.
Unfortunately Sam Richardson had to leave the field at half time due to aggravating an injury. Stanmore went to Scrum half and Kit Stewart replaced him at fly half. The usual half time changes came to give everyone a run out in the Magenta and Black. Nile Weir came on at Fullback and the wingers Seagrave and Devey were replaced by James Walsh and Tom Record.
With twenty minutes to go, Farlam and Morgan came on for Van de Merwe and Gurney in the forwards. Morgan into the front row and Collings moving to his preferred Lock position. Andy Muller although suffering from some hard hits, soldiered on in the front row. Jez Harrison replaced Jon Richards late on, who had worked tirelessly. Latecomers Kudi and Carlton, eager colts got on the pitch with little time left, looking forward to seeing them again next time.
The second half was all about the break down and ball retention. The Readingensians well drilled forwards kept possession well and unfortunately, Aylesbury although trying to compete were penalised several times at the break down. A second try from Jordan Stanmore and conversion kept Aylesbury ahead, but Readingensians continued to play a forwards game in the Aylesbury twenty two. Their patience paid off with a score at the death. Final score 26-29.
Chris Beaujeux still nursing a bit of an injury did a sterling job running touch, but did not get on the pitch. First time that has happened all season, apologies.
The match was a display of two totally different styles of play. Very challenging for the Referee. After a promising start Aylesbury suffered an unfortunate Home league defeat which the players found hard to take, but credit to Readingensians.
Aylesbury IIIs are playing positive rugby. Heads up!
Joint man of the match: Kit Stuart and Matt Dennis.
Hit of the Day: Gerhard van de Merwe
The Team: Andy Muller, Timo Brown, Joe Byrne, Gerhard van de Merwe, Adam Gurney, Jon Richards, Kiaren Hunter, Ben Dukes, Sam Richardson, Jordan Stanmore(c), Tom Devey, Ollie Reilly, Matt Dennis, Ben Seagrave, Kit Stuart, Sam Morgan, Jez Harrison, James Walsh, Nile Weir, Tom Record, Dayle Collings, Chris Beaujeux, Scott Farlam, Kudi, Carlton Mabbs
Next week Aylesbury IIIs are on the road to Egham Hollowegians, League fixture. Let us know if you are available.